James Franco Sets Ensemble for Steinbeck Adaptation; Foxx and Monaghan Lead SLEEPLESS NIGHT

     January 30, 2015


The ever-busy James Franco has put together an impressive ensemble for his next adaptation, and this time he’s tackling another John Steinbeck novel.  It was announced today that Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, and Danny McBride will star in Franco’s adaptation of In Dubious Battle.  The story revolves around a man who tries to organize a strike by fruit pickers in Southern California.  Screenwriter Matt Rager, with whom Franco worked on As I Lay Dying, penned the script and filming is set to begin in March.  Franco will be directing the film, and this marks his second time working with Steinbeck material, as he recently starred in a Broadway revival of Of Mice and Men.


Additionally, Open Road Films announced today that Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan will lead the action thriller Sleepless Night.  Written by Andrea Berloff, who penned the script for the upcoming Straight Outta Compton, the film stars Foxx as Vincent Downs, a seemingly corrupt Las Vegas cop who, when gangsters kidnap his son as ransom for stolen cocaine, must race to save his son’s life without being discovered by Internal Affairs.  Complicating matters is the fact that he’s already lost the stolen goods.

True Detective actress Monaghan will play an Internal Affairs agent investigating Foxx’s character, and Baran Bo Odar will direct.

Watch the trailer for Nuit Blanche‘s original French film Sleepless Night below (off of which this new film is based), followed by the press release:

LOS ANGELES, CA, January 30, 2015 – Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx (AnnieThe Amazing Spider-Man 2Django Unchained) and Golden Globe-nominee Michelle Monaghan (Mission ImpossibleTruckerSource CodeTrue Detective) will star in SLEEPLESS NIGHT, an action thriller that will be directed by Baran Bo Odar. The announcement was made today by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films.

SLEEPLESS NIGHT is the story of Vincent Downs (Jamie Foxx), a seemingly corrupt Las Vegas cop.  When gangsters kidnap his son as ransom for a shipment of cocaine he stole, Downs races to save his son’s life without getting caught by Internal Affairs and before the mobsters discover that he’s actually lost the goods.  Monaghan plays officer Jennifer Bryant, an Internal Affairs agent investigating Downs who ultimately has to decide which side of the law he’s on.

The screenplay was written by Andrea Berloff (World Trade Center, the upcoming Straight Outta Compton).  SLEEPLESS NIGHT is a reinvention of the French film Nuit Blanche, directed by Frédéric Jardin, written by Frederic Jardin, Olivier Fox and Nicolas Saada.

Vertigo Entertainment will produce SLEEPLESS NIGHT for Open Road Films who will finance production and take worldwide distribution rights under their recently announced partnership with FilmNation.

“With a sharp script and a first rate team of talent in front of and behind the camera, we are proud to produce SLEEPLESS NIGHT and to make this project the inaugural film under our international distribution agreement with FilmNation,” stated Tom Ortenberg.

Roy Lee and Vertigo Entertainment President of Production, Adam Stone, will produce for Vertigo Entertainment, along with company partner, John Powers Middleton, and company VP, Alex Foster, who will both executive produce.  Open Road Films’ Tom Ortenberg and Peter Lawson are executive producers.  Lauranne Bourrachot and Marco Cherqui from Chic Films who produced the original French film will serve as Executive Producers.

The deal was negotiated on behalf of Open Road Films by Tom Ortenberg, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, Elliott Kleinberg, and Executive Vice President of Production and Acquisitions, Peter Lawson and Rick Genow and Aron Baumel on behalf of Vertigo. Jamie Foxx is represented by Jim Toth of CAA and Rick Yorn of LBI Entertainment.  Michelle Monaghan is represented by Bonnie Bernstein and Carter Cohn of ICM and Frank Frattaroli of Circle of Confusion.  Baran Bo Odar is represented by UTA, 42 and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein. Andrea Berloff is represented by John Campisi of CAA and Jill McElroy of Management 360.

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